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Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers and Shrieks: Singularities and Acausalities in Relativistic Spacetimes

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ISBN: 9780195095913    Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Year of publishing: 1995     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 268        Language: English
This book is the first serious, book-length study of the philosophical implications of relativity. It explains the relevant technical issues of general relativity theory and discusses how these issues...Read more
This book is the first serious, book-length study of the philosophical implications of relativity. It explains the relevant technical issues of general relativity theory and discusses how these issues bear upon philosophical problems about the nature of space and time, causality and laws of nature. Features include an analysis of time travel, The Big Bang and the Horizon Problem, Eternal Recurrence and Cyclic Time amongst other much debated issues today which have been brought to light in the face of a series of theorems, due largely to Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose. Written by a leading philosopher, this book provides an overview of the technical literature as well as analytical commentary on its philosophical significance.
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...this book is a refreshing addition to the literature for we find that Earman not only provides excellent discussions but also clarifies (or in some instances re-defines) the standard definitions...Read more
...this book is a refreshing addition to the literature for we find that Earman not only provides excellent discussions but also clarifies (or in some instances re-defines) the standard definitions involved...the book is highly recommended. AAHPSSS, 1998 Earman provides a careful topographic analysis of some core regions that is written in a brilliant style. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 1998
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